Veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halak will sign with the Bruins to serve as Tuukka Rask’s backup, according to multiple reports.
The Slovakian is heading to Boston on a two-year deal, Sportsnet reported.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney said experience was “at the top of our list’’ for a backup tender. Halak, 33, has been No. 1 for Montreal, St. Louis, a brief stint with Washington, and most recently, the New York Islanders.
Last year in 54 games with the Islanders, Halak posted a 20-26-6 record, a 3.19 goals against average, and a .908 save percentage. Halak is also a Team Slovakia pal of defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara.
The hope for the Bruins would be that Halak is sharper with less work and a tighter defense in front of him.
Halak will replace Anton Khudobin, who will reportedly land with the Dallas Stars. Sportsnet reported the Stars will give Khudobin to a two-year deal worth $2.5 million per year.
Sweeney said Friday he expected the 32-year-old Khudobin to sign a contract elsewhere.
“I think the goaltending one is going in a different direction at this point,’’ Sweeney said, all but confirming that the team and its reliable reserve couldn’t come to an agreement on a raise.
Khudobin, who earned $1.2 million the last two years, went 16-6-7 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .913 save percentage last season.